State lawmakers looking to make a change
Florida lawmakers are looking to ban the sale of certain species of iguanas, which is currently legal in the state. Iguanas are very much an invasive species in Florida and have become such an issue that state officials have give the green light for residents to kill them when they invade their property. The proposed legislation would ban the sale of green iguanas and black and white tegus. The discussions will begin later this week.
Increased coyote sightings have become commonplace in the United States and Florida is no exception. More than 5,000 people across the state have contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission over the past four years to report coyotes in their area. Mating season for the animals runs from now until the end of March, so officials have stated that increased activity is to be expected. Coyotes are extremely adaptable animals, so wherever there is a food source, they can thrive, such as in urban and suburban areas.
Florida lawmakers want to ban the sale of iguanas
A woman having lunch at a Cape Coral sports bar wound up with an unusual take away this weekend —an iguana decided to hitch a ride on her boat. “There’s a lot of broken sea walls from it, they dig into everything and make a mess,” said Cape Coral resident Keith Scott.While the picture of the hitch-hiking iguana is amusing, invasive iguanas are everywhere in Southwest Florida. “We’ve had tons of iguanas,” Scott said. The problem has become so prevalent, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told homeowners to kill them. Read more
Coyote sightings in Brevard: 30 reports to Florida Fish & Wildlife over 4 years
More than 5,000 people statewide have contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation to report coyote sightings over the past four years, including complaints of pets being killed by coyotes.
The number of reports in Central Florida has grown each of those years, state records indicate. One hotspot for coyote activity is around Indialantic, where more than 30 reports have been made to FWC. See more
Summary: Increased coyote sightings have become commonplace in the United States and Florida is no exception. More than 5,000 people across the state have contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission about coyotes.
Dr. Martin Main, a WEC professor and the creator of the Florida Master Naturalist Program, talked to @floridatoday about the arrival of coyotes in Florida, how their population has grown, and who to contact when one becomes a nuisance. https://t.co/BZvGNSp0Sx
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